This Week in Local Politics: Bratton Reaches Out

Monday, December 09, 2013

The once and future NYPD chief is making overtures to assure skeptics that he will uphold Bill de Blasio's pledge to improve community relations -- and in an op-ed over the weekend Sharpton referred to Bratton as a "friend" despite criticism during his first stint as chief.  Errol Louis, host of Road to City Hall on NY1, and Elinor Tatum, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Amsterdam News, discuss the Bratton appointment and what is still to come in the de Blasio's transition efforts.


Errol Louis and Elinor Tatum
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Comments [8]

RJ from prospect hts

I want to see what Bratton does with Officer Shoemaker and his unlawful imprisonment in a psych ward when he complained about and audiotaped commanders downgrading crime types, berating officers re: quotas etc. Among other whistleblowers who we haven't heard about in a while on similar grounds. If Bratton *details* a plan to use compstat to generate *real* numbers, a la epidemiology in medicine, I'll give him a brief benefit of the doubt. Otherwise, this numbers game is just like the epidemic of faked school scores from sometimes desperate and sometimes incompetent administrators that have been generated to prevent closures or the loss of resources.

Dec. 09 2013 10:57 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Bratton used stop and frisk more effectively in L.A.

Stop and frisk is an effective tools when it is not abused. It's a shame Bloomberg was so tone deaf to that fact.

Dec. 09 2013 10:47 AM

A vote is a vote. A mandate is a mandate. You can't say they don't count just because your side didn't care enough to turn out. It just means that they were happy enough to let others set the madate for them. And, they did.

Dec. 09 2013 10:47 AM
paulb from Prospect Heights

If Bratton doesn't work the way his boss wants, he'll be gone, unless the wrong guy is mayor.

Dec. 09 2013 10:45 AM
profwilliams from Montclair, NJ

A huge majority of those who cared enough to vote is a mandate.

If folks don't are enough to vote, that's on them. 73% for any politician at any time is a mandate. As Obama told McCain-- "elections have consequences."

Dec. 09 2013 10:43 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

"There's your problem right there."

LOL, uh, no, Squeaky.
It's not MY problem, but the city's problem because DeBlasio has been using the words "mandate", "progressive mandate" and "overwhelming mandate" about a trillion times. He doesn't have it. He needs to keep things in perspective ... a recurrent problem for you kiddies on the Left.

Dec. 09 2013 10:23 AM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

There's your problem right there. Winning a majority of the vote isn't good enough for you. In order to be legitimate by your standard a politician would need to have some divining rod to determine the will of the non-voters, too. Ludicrous.

By the same barometer, the House leadership and majority status are not valid since fewer votes were cast for the Republican candidates than the Democrats (by about half a million.)

Politics is not a fantasy league. Only validly cast votes count.

Dec. 09 2013 10:03 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

DeBlasio must remember that his “overwhelming mandate” is a fantasy. The voter turnout in November was only 22.6% (22.6!!!) ... the lowest in three generations.
His 73.3% of 22.6% amounts to a “mandate” from 16.57 % of the city’s voters.

“A historic number of voters simply didn’t show up on Election Day. Activists are more likely to vote and their numbers are magnified when others don’t.”

Humility and consensus should be the order of the day for this neophyte. (Think what it would have done for Obama the last 5 years.)

Dec. 09 2013 08:31 AM

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